Cleveland Heights hosts Common Ground events on June 24

On June 24, The Cleveland Foundation will host its second annual Common Ground event at various locations across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Common Ground is comprised of a series of conversations among community members all addressing the same question. This year’s question, “Why Does Place Matter?”, asks participants to consider the importance of place as it relates to “to our health, our security, and our future.” Several Common Ground events will be held in the Heights.

Spirit Corner, a mini-park created by Coventry Village neighbors on a vacant lot at Hampshire and Cadwell roads, will host a brunch at the site at 10:30 a.m. Learn how neighbors created this neighborhood mini-park and how they sustain it. Then, discuss placemaking opportunities in your neighborhood.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools will host a conversation and potluck in Cain Park beginning at noon. The goal of this conversation is to better understand how to engage families and community members with the district schools.

Beginning at 1 p.m., Ensemble Theatre will host a conversation about developing an arts campus and public green space in Coventry Village. This conversation will take place in the Coventry P.E.A.C.E Campus building, and attendees are encouraged to bring a dish for a shared potluck.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System will host “Facing History Together,” a conversation meant to bring community members together from different backgrounds and points of view, at its Lee Road branch. This conversation will also begin at 1 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., Sharp Paragon Entertainment will host a raw foods dinner at Nighttown, addressing more directly the central Common Ground question, “Why Does Place Matter?”

Finally, Appletree Books will host “Neighborhood: Definition and Plans for its Vibrant and Relevant Future,” at 4 p.m. This discussion will consider what makes a neighborhood great and what is required to keep it vibrant.

These local conversations provide an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other community members in working toward the betterment of the Heights. For more information about Common Ground, or to register for a conversation, visit:

Courtney Arbogast

Courtney Arbogast is an Americorps VISTA Summer Associate at FutureHeights.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 11:11 AM, 06.12.2018